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Hewlett-Packard Helps with Gaming Lab Plan

Hewlett-Packard Helps Gaming Lab Plans


New High-Tech Video Gaming Classroom Will Be Known as “The HP Gaming Lab”

EAST GREENWICH, RI - New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), one of the largest technical colleges in southeastern New England, and the Hewlett-Packard Company, one of the most innovative technology companies of the last century, have come together to bring to life the college’s plans for a high-tech game simulation lab, it was announced today by Allan Langer, NEIT’s Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.

The focal point of the joint venture is the equipment for the lab. HP and its local partner, CompUtopia, will provide New England Tech with powerful HP Z800 and Z200 Workstations, which will be exclusive to the lab, as students will use the new area to hone their skills within the new Video Gaming technology.

In addition to the workstations, this specialized agreement will also include a sponsorship where two NEIT students will be chosen to visit the HP headquarters in Cupertino, CA, as well as possible seminars and conferences hosted by HP in the future. The brand new “HP Gaming Lab,” will be located on the second floor of NEIT’s new East Greenwich campus within the Information Technology wing.

“For our video and gaming students, I can’t think of a better company to become involved with than Hewlett-Packard,” said Langer. “ I am very excited for our students and faculty.”
Also as part of the new relationship, NEIT is currently installing new HP Digital Signage Solutions throughout the new campus for emergency announcements, scheduling, and other internal communications. High-definition monitors will be placed throughout the three-story building, and New England Tech will be used as a national showcase model for HP’s digital signage division.

“HP is excited to be selected as the IT hardware standard for this outstanding facility, and we look forward to recommending and providing state of the art computing solutions for many years to come,” said Dave Swinkin, Sales Manager for the Northeast Territory of HP.
The naming of the lab is the third large naming opportunity announced by New England Tech since January, when it opened the new building on Division Rd. Previously, Regan Heating and Air Conditioning named the student lounge for a $40,000 donation, and 1987 graduate, Vincent Rossi named the coffee lounge for a $20,000 gift.

“We are very excited about the new HP Gaming Lab and relationship with HP,” said Erik van Renselaar, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Information Technology and Game Development. “This will give our students a unique opportunity to sharpen their skills in a high-tech environment, while the opportunity for students and faculty to work together on advanced game projects will have a great impact on our program.”